Footage purporting to be from Horizon Forbidden West’s multiplayer alpha has appeared on-line. The leak surfaced on Reddit over the weekend, claiming to be from a “very previous alpha” construct from summer time 2020. It’s an attention-grabbing watch, as whereas the world and robo dinos appear like basic Horizon, the characters leaping round combating them look much more stylised than their hyper-detailed mainline counterparts.
The leaked footage primarily options a number of characters working round in low-poly environments and a few temporary appears at fight towards its acquainted mechanical enemies. What was most attention-grabbing had been the “join-PS4” and a “join-PC” choices, probably hinting at cross-platform play and a simultaneous PC launch.
There are nonetheless plenty of query marks surrounding this footage, although. When it was initially posted, it was labelled as “Horizon Forbidden West leaked alpha’s multiplayer” – Forbidden West being the presently PlayStation-only sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. The latter acquired a PC port a few years in the past, however we’re nonetheless ready for Sony to carry over the previous, calling into query these “join-PC” settings.
However, it is also attainable that this leaked footage has one thing to do with Guerrilla’s already confirmed Online Project, which is meant to have “a brand new forged of characters and a novel stylised look”, based on their announcement tweet from final December. Guerrilla are nonetheless hiring for that exact challenge, although, so till they’ve extra to say about it, your guess is pretty much as good as ours. Still, Monster Hunter-style co-op with some candy Thunderjaws seems like a journey I’d be up for.
Horizon appears to be increasing quickly. The aforementioned Online Project is presently being developed internally at Guerrilla alongside one other single-player Horizon game, however there are additionally different builders engaged on extra External Projects as properly. Chief amongst them is the rumoured Horizon MMORPG, coming from Guild Wars writer NCsoft. Customisable robotic mounts, anybody?